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  • China's factory activity falls to 3-month low Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:47 PM ET

    China's factory activity fell to a three-month in August, a private survey showed on Thursday, signaling continued weakness in the sector despite a burst of stimulus from the government.

  • Indian firms tool up for defense orders Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 7:46 PM ET
    Indian army personnel perform Skirmish Order Fire Demo for the 68th Independence Day in Hyderabad, India.

    India's biggest companies are pouring billions into manufacturing guns, ships and tanks, buoyed by the government's commitment to upgrade its armed forces.

  • Japan carmakers mull Philippines production shift Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 7:41 PM ET

    Top Japanese automakers in the Philippines are threatening to shift production to cheaper Southeast Asian countries as the government drags its plan to rebuild its car manufacturing industry.

  • Should yield chasers worry about Singapore REITs? Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:35 PM ET

    Singapore's REITs have steadily advanced this year as predictions of higher interest rates went awry, but will yield-chasers stick with the shares?

  • Amazon joins free trade zone in China: Report Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:32 PM ET
    An electric bike used by Amazon.com in Beijing.

    Amazon to open an office in China's Shanghai free trade zone, state media says, allowing the firm to sell a wider range of products in the country.

  • Growing trend? Using tablets to make calls Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:43 AM ET

    Have you ever been tempted to make a call on your tablet? If the trend in Asia is anything to go by, many of us could be doing so soon.

  • India markets go from fragile to fabulous Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:25 PM ET

    Watching the rise of India's stock markets, one can be forgiven for forgetting that a year ago, the asset class was a poster child of emerging market bashing.

  • Cruising’s new frontier: Chinese tourists Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    The cruise industry is seeking a bigger slice of the growing Chinese tourist pie, with Beijing putting its heft behind expansion efforts.

  • Landslides hit Hiroshima killing 18 people Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:56 AM ET
    This aerial view shows policemen and rescue workers looking for survivors at a landslide site after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan.

    At least eighteen people were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of Hiroshima.

  • Fortescue pays down debt as profit jumps Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 9:17 PM ET
    A driver inspects an earth mover at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.'s Cloudbreak iron ore operation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, on Monday, July 25, 2011

    Fortescue said it has made further headway in paying down $12 billion in debt it amassed building the world's fourth-biggest iron ore mining company.

  • Japan exports rise shows overseas demand improving Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:51 PM ET

    Japan exports rose 3.9 percent in July from the year ago period, data showed on Wednesday, compared with a Reuters forecast for a gain of 3.8 percent.

  • Modi seeks to replace Soviet-style planning Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:03 PM ET
    Flower petals are thrown around Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi as he rides in an open jeep on his way to file nomination papers on April 9, 2014 in Vadodra, India.

    PM Modi sought suggestions to help re-fashion the Soviet-inspired central Planning Commission that is in line with a new, open style of governance.

  • Japan's polarizing PM Abe learns the long game Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    Shinzo Abe is one of Japan's most polarizing prime ministers in decades. He may also have a good shot at becoming that rarity in Japanese politics.

  • Woodside Petroleum half-year profit jumps 27% Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    Woodside Petroleum Ltd delivered a 27 percent rise in half-year net profit on Wednesday, in line with market forecasts.

  • Indonesia faces weak diesel imports for years to come Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:24 PM ET
    A station attendant refuels a car at a fuel station in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Indonesia is expected to take a third less of the fuel this year as demand from mining falters and biodiesel use in transport and industry grows.

  • Why manufacturing PMI still matters for China Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    Come Thursday, markets will be digesting a new round of manufacturing data from China, when HSBC releases the flash estimate of the PMI for August.

  • OCBC now needs to deliver after pricey acquisition Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 PM ET

    OCBC's planned rights issue to finance its pricey Wing Hang Bank acquisition has reassured the market, but now it must overcome skepticism.

  • Why 'Made in China' isn't so cheap anymore Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 9:04 AM ET
    Workers in a clothing factory in Bozhou, Anhui province, China.

    China—a low-cost maker of goods—is falling behind in the manufacturing race as wages and energy costs soar.

  • Why Hong Kong may face more property curbs Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 PM ET

    Despite a slew of measures aimed at damping runaway Hong Kong home prices, some market segments are heating up again, possibly spurring further curbs.

  • AirAsia not interested in Skymark: CEO on Twitter Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 12:29 AM ET
    Skymark Airlines' Airbus A330-300 plane taxis to take off from Tokyo's Haneda airport.

    AirAsia Bhd's group chief executive, Tony Fernandes, dismissed a media report that the Malaysian carrier is weighing a bid for Japan's Skymark Airlines Inc.

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